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Topic Newsletter Archive
TOPIC FOLK CLUB, BRADFORD
At Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford BD5 0BQ
Newsletter No 186 December 2017
Last Newsletter of the year - where did 2017 go? The Topic of course defies the passing of time....
But a short month for us, nevertheless. See here:
7th December: Singers and Musicians. 8.15 start. Free entry.
14th December: The Strid Den Miller Trio.
The mix of Simon's virtuoso guitar playing, Den's piano proficiency and three voices in harmony, adds a different dimension to the material, bringing the songs to life more than when they were performing as separate entities. The repertoire consists of Den's songs, and an eclectic mix of tasteful covers, something for everyone.
The line up consists of ex-Wenchall members Emma Crickmore & Virginia Crewe with husbands Pete Crewe (ex Brillig) and David Crickmore (The Durbervilles). The programme of festive songs they perform are drawn from different sources, many familiar, some not so, but all designed to conjure a rustic atmosphere. Their four part seasonal vocals are complemented by a selection of instruments including vintage harmonium, mandolin, guitar, whistle and percussion.
In Wenchall, as well as countless live performance up and down the country, Emma and Virginia put out three albums, did two live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and sang the theme music to a BBC Radio 4 play.
Plus of course The Holbeck Moor Mummers bring their festive play for this festive occasion - it wouldn't be Christmas without them.
28th December: Club closed.
A final reminder about the recently published book: Folk Song in England, a major new work by Steve Roud who was co-editor of The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. If you have a folkie friend it may be just the festive present you've been looking for. Information about the book, and some discussion notes are available on club nights, displayed with all the various flyers. It's certain to be of value to those interested in the history of folk songs.
Assistance required: this from Joy Leach, self-explanatory:
With lots of thanks.
Just an idea: it has been suggested that the club move Thursday nights forward by half an hour, to start at 8 pm and finish at 10.30. This would have the advantage of avoiding the last bus exodus before the guest has finished, also help those who have to go to work the next morning. Nothing has been decided of course, but if you have any views one way or the other perhaps you could make them known to us (via me by email).
NEWS FROM THE AGM.
The committee for the following year comprises: Sue Gaffney; John Waller; Neil Etherington; Liz Narey; Martin Richards; Rahel Guzelian; Tony Charnock. Welcome to Martin, thank you for joining us.
Topic Constitution: the Topic constitution as amended at the AGM will be up on the website in due course for all to see.
If you would like to become a member of the Topic Folk Club, it costs just £5.00 per year, running from 1st January. Being a member entitles you to the lower ticket prices shown in this newsletter, as well as the chance to become more involved in the workings of the club if you would like to.
If you’re visiting the club for the first time, be sure to come and say hello, and if anyone has any suggestions for the club, for example if you would like us to try to book a particular artist, we’d like to hear them.
The Topic runs on Thursdays at Glyde House, Glydegate, Little Horton Lane, BD5 0BQ 8.30pm start. (Singers & Musicians nights normally start at 8.15pm). Like all the clubs in the area, our aim is to provide good quality live entertainment to suit all tastes of those interested in folk music, and we thank you for your continued support.
Floor singers are always welcome, especially in the first half, though may be limited when we have a booked support act - please check. Please try to get there by 8.15 pm if you’d like a slot – it helps the MC to plan the evening.
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Tony Charnock, Topic Newsletter Editor
Topic Folk Club